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YMMV / Berserk: The Golden Age Arc

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  • Broken Base: A recurring aspect of all Berserk adaptations.
    • The Conspicuous CG is either not too bad, or absolutely distracting. Some feel that it's much better applied here than in the 2016 series especially with the decent amount of 2D animation used while others feel that the medium blend is too jarring and events like the Eclipse look much more silly/awkward than intended.
    • Is it a good Pragmatic Adaptation? Fans feel that it captured the story's spirit and the basic plot of the Golden Age Arc in addition to giving enough characterization scenes, a surprise inclusion of Silat, and a solid conclusion especially when compared to the 90s anime. Others feel the story was rushed and lacked too many of the character moments and events from the original with many of the subplots cut down.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Even though he only shows up for one fight scene a lot of fans were happy that Silat was included especially after being Adapted Out of Berserk (1997). It helps that he did have an impressive fight scene.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Fans of these movies vs. Berserk (1997). The fans continuously argue over which adaptation is better, though often enough they're united in mocking Berserk (2016).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Takahiro Sakurai voices Cloud Strife in the Final Fantasy VII Compilation. He is now voicing Griffith, whose lines were done by Toshiyuki Morikawa, Sephiroth's current VA, back in the 1997 anime; Sephiroth is something of an Expy of Griffith.
  • Ho Yay: Already present in the source material, but downplayed in the 1997 anime adaptation. Returns in the movie series, with Guts lampshading in what way he believes Griffith wants him and offering "My sword or my ass" as his stakes in their duel.
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  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A major criticism is that it adapts the Golden Age Arc, the same one covered by Berserk (1997), but in roughly half the running time, meaning that several subplots and minor characters had to be cut or massively condensed. So It's the Same, But Less of It, Now It Sucks, and fans who have been waiting for decades to see post-Eclipse content animated get to keep on waiting. It doesn't help that the animation isn't much better than it was fifteen years ago, just uneven in a different way (with stiff, low-poly CG models replacing Limited Animation and Pastel Chalked Freeze Frames.
  • Narm: Some fans think Charlotte over-reacts by moaning loudly from Griffith seeming to merely touch her breast while he's undressing her during their sex scene in the second movie. However, it could be that he was pinching her nipple, which for many women really is that sexually arousing.
  • Uncanny Valley: The medium blend looks... odd.
    • The very heavy use of CG during the Eclipse has this. There's just such a jarring difference from the ground of 3d screaming faces that the 2d horses and people step on.
    • The medium blend does work with the apostle who kills Judeau. It turns him from a creature that's more silly than scary to some off-putting "thing" that's very presence is unnatural.

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